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the winter of 1887-88

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1887-88 was one of the coldest on record...it had above average snowfall and one historic storm...it is known for the Blizzard of 88...but was it a great winter?...closer examination shows 9" of snow fell in December...11" in January...3" in February...22.3" in March...21.0" from the blizzard.....there were at least five major storms that tracked to our west bringing mostly rain with some ice or snow at the beginning...One storm in January had 4" washed away by heavy rain...there was no lack of arctic air that winter also...

Starting on December 1st 1887 it was 11 degrees min with a max of 22...it became mild after that and stayed mild until the 16th...

date......max min ...LE.....est snow...

12/17......34 28.....0.09".....1.0"

12/18......34 29.....0.71".....4.5".....could have ended as a mix?...4.5" was measured on this date in C.P.

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030272/1887-12-19/ed-1/seq-1/

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030272/1887-12-19/ed-1/seq-5/

12/19......37 28........0..........0.......

12/20......37 25.....0.11".......T.. sleet/rain

12/21......41 33.....0.13........0...

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030214/1887-12-21/ed-1/seq-5/

 

12/25......31 22........0..........0...probably a little snow and ice on the ground Christmas morning...

12/26......30 22.....0.10".....2.0"

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030214/1887-12-27/ed-1/seq-2/

 

12/28......50 20.....1.18".....1.5"...snow-ice-rain-snow?

12/29......22 13........0..........0

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030214/1887-12-29/ed-1/seq-5/

http://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/50379800

12/31......31 12.....0.19".....1.5"...snow-ice-rain

01/01......54 31.....2.05".......T.....ice to heavy rain...

 

01/06......32 17.....0.26".....0.5"...snow-ice-rain...

01/07......42 29.....0.02".......0......lt rain/fog

01/08......41 26.....0.02".......0......lt rain

 

01/10......37 27.....0.14".....1.3"...snow-ice-rain?

 

01/13......45 22.....1.11".....2.5"...snow to rain...

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030214/1888-01-14/ed-1/seq-3/ 

01/17......34 13.....0.37".....3.5"...snow-ice-rain...

01/18......30 16........0..........0

 

01/22......14 00........0..........0

 

01/25......35 03.....0.85".....1.3"...snow-ice-rain...

01/26......34 14.....0.05"......T...maybe snow flurries at the end...

 

01/28......10 03........0.........0

 

01/31......33 24.....0.09".....2.0"...light snow

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030214/1888-02-01/ed-1/seq-7/

 

02/04......45 24.....0.25"......T.....ice-rain...

02/05......45 36.....0.01"

 

02/07......36 24.....0.21"......T.....ice-rain?

02/08......36 21.....0.06"......T

 

02/10......17 05.....0.13".....2.0"...snow?

02/11......30 17.....0.58".......T.....ice

02/12......29 20.....0.06".....1.0"...ice-snow?

http://chroniclingam...12/ed-1/seq-16/

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030214/1888-02-12/ed-1/seq-16/

02/16......18 01........0.........0

http://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/50437685

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030214/1888-02-17/ed-1/seq-5/

02/20......52 36.....0.53"......0..rain

 

02/25......42 36.....1.56"......0...heavy rain...

http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83030193/1888-02-25/ed-1/seq-1/

02/26......42 31.....0.09"......0

 

02/28......20 08........0.........0

 

03/03......37 15.....0.05".....T......light snow?

 

03/05......22 12.....0.01".....0.3"...light snow

 

03/11......42 33.....0.65"......T....rain-snow

03/12......33 08.....1.45"...16.5"...blizzard...

http://bklyn.newspap.../image/50437841

http://chroniclingam...-13/ed-1/seq-1/

http://fultonhistory...cale - 0455.pdf

03/13......12 06........0........3,5"

03/14......37 12.....0.02".....1.4"...light snow

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030214/1888-03-15/ed-1/seq-1/

 

03/23......20 14........0.........0

03/24......26 12........0.........0

 

03/26......36 29.....1.10"....1.0"...rain starts as snow or ice?

03/27......42 34.....0.24"......0

 

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